The Echocardiography certificate gives you the skills to be a competent entry-level cardiac sonographer. Echocardiographers, who are also called cardiac ultrasound technologists, use sonographic equipment to detect possible blood clots inside the heart, fluid buildup in the pericardium or other abnormalities. Echocardiography is also used to detect heart problems in the fetus, infants, children and adults.
Students who enter the program are often graduates of other allied health programs such as Radiologic Technology, but some enter the program with a bachelor's degree and the required prerequisites.
Upon successful completion of the program, the student will be eligible to sit for the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) exam in Adult Echocardiography.
This academic program is primarily designed for those who wish to enter the workforce immediately following graduation.
- The Echocardiography program is a very popular advanced certificate program. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and ranked by date of complete application. Review begins every year on February 1 for an August start term. The program duration is one full year from August to August. View the guidelines for admission.
- All applicants accepted into the Diagnostic Medical Sonography and Echocardiography programs must be able to meet the program’s technical standards as outlined in the Technical Standards Policy.
This program is offered by the Medical Imaging Department.
Career and Transfer Opportunities
The program is specifically designed to prepare students for a career as an Echocardiographer and to successfully complete the ARDMS exam. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (as of 2015), job growth in this field should be much higher than average over the next 10 years, with 24 percent growth from 2010 to 2020.
Recent employers have included: Associates of Cardiology; Albany Medical Center; Ellis Hospital; Prime Care Physicians; St. Peter's Hospital.
Salaries vary based on position and degree attainment. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (as of 2015) noted that median salary for this profession is $63,630.
The Center for Careers and Transfer offers Career Services and Transfer Services to all students.
For more information regarding this program, please contact:
Margaret Ewart Zapp
Medical Imaging Department
Brahan Hall, Room 026
For more information about admission to this program, please contact:
Guenther Enrollment Services Center, Room 223